Frank L. Ridley

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Frank L. Ridley
Ridley in 2018
Years active1998–present
WebsiteOfficial Website of Frank Ridley

Frank Ridley is an American film and television actor best known for his portrayal of satirical politician Honest Gil Fulbright.[1] Born into a musical family in Michigan, he originally trained as an opera singer with Richard Conrad. After attending Boston Conservatory of Music, he started his career as a regular member of Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston.[2]

His television career started when he was cast as Terry Mulligan in the Showtime network series Brotherhood.[3] His other TV work includes roles on House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Alpha House, Olive Kitteridge, The Night Of, The Leftovers, and 30 Rock.[4]

He also can be seen in a variety of films including Inside Llewyn Davis, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Judge.[4]

Honest Gil Fulbright[edit]

Honest Gil Fulbright SOLD Poster

Honest Gil Fulbright is a satirical political candidate portrayed by Frank Ridley.[5] Fulbright originally "ran" for the U.S. Senate in 2014 as an "honest politician for Kentucky" on behalf of Represent.US.[6]

Fulbright has been featured on CNN,[7] The Today Show,[8] Fox & Friends,[9] Al Jazeera,[10] The Washington Post,[11] and The Huffington Post.[12]

The campaign got a powerful boost when noted artist Shepard Fairey reimagined his iconic Obama HOPE poster as a Gil Fulbright SOLD poster to help raise funds for the finance-reform-minded satirical campaign.[13] His campaign message was "I'm only in this thing for the money, but at least I'm honest about it."[14] Fulbright considered a run at the 2016 presidential election.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Whale Watch Captain voice
1998 Bobby Loves Mangos Dwight Stevenson short
1999 Temps Self
2003 Little Erin Merryweather Joe Havey
2005 Long Distance Sheriff
2007 Underdog Police Sergeant
2007 The Great Debaters Security Guard
2009 The Box Detective Starrs
2014 The Call to the Post Ray short
2010 Edge of Darkness Automatic Weapons Cop
2011 Jimmy Boy Barney short
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Union Hall Man 1
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Mr. Roth
2014 The Judge Jury Foreman
2017 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Office Manager
2018 Jungleland Burly Father
2018 The Post New York Times Staffer


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Waterfront Maitre d'
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Coach Bloom
2007 I'm Paige Wilson Oscar Tucson
2006 – 2008 Brotherhood Terry Mulligan 16 episodes
2009 Empire State Steve Marks
2009 30 Rock Traffic Cop
2009 Mercy Leo Kalinowski
2010 Boardwalk Empire Conductor
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dispatcher
2014 Unforgettable Burly Man
2012 Nurse Jackie Patient on Gurney
2013 Clear History Detective TV movie
2014 Orange is the New Black Bob Shore
2014 The Leftovers Neighbor Paul
2014 Olive Kitteridge Mr. Thibodeau TV mini series
2 episodes
2014 Alpha House Agribusiness Guy #2
2015 House of Cards Harlan Traub
2016 The Night Of Jerry TV mini series
2016 Bull Judge Albert Darling
2017 Orange is the New Black Frank
2017–2018 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sal 3 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Lieutenant 2 episode
2018 Bizaardvark Santa Claus

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Pharaoh (video Game) Pharaoh/Market vendors
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 Jim "Boy" Calloway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Motive Result
2015 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won [16]
2015 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by an Ensemble Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won [17]


  1. ^ "Frank Ridley". IMDb.
  2. ^ "Ridley's hosts master class for beginning actors".
  3. ^ ""Brotherhood" (2006) - Episodes cast". IMDb.
  4. ^ a b "Frank Ridley". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Ready For Honesty?". Gil Fulbright.
  6. ^ Run the Honest Politician for U.S. Senate. YouTube. 9 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Meet 'honest politician' Gil Fulbright". CNNMoney.
  8. ^ "'Truthful' political campaign ad goes viral".
  9. ^ "'Truthful' political campaign ad goes viral". Fox News.
  10. ^ "'Honest Gil' tries to bring truth to Kentucky's Senate race".
  11. ^ "Meet the fake candidate with a real understanding of campaigns". Washington Post.
  12. ^ "Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest". The Huffington Post.
  13. ^ "Why the artist behind Obama's 'Hope' poster is helping a fake candidate". Washington Post.
  14. ^ "Florence-based Represent.Us behind the satirical Senate campaign of Gil Fulbright: Honest Politician".
  15. ^ "Gil Fulbright - Honest Politician". Gil Fulbright.
  16. ^ "2017 WAFCA Award Winners - The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)".
  17. ^ "2014 San Diego Film Critics Award Nominations".

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